Visitors can help deliver baby alligators

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Holding alligators typically is not a good idea.

But that’s one of the appeals during the annual Hatching Festival at Gatorama.

From Aug. 20-31, visitors can put on their gloves and help deliver thousands of baby alligators. The park is about 2 1/2 hours from St. Petersburg/Tampa.

“You can feel it moving in the egg,” Gerald Calway said. “Just holding the baby, and having it come out of the egg, it was awesome.”

Allen Register, owner of Gatorama, demonstrates the proper technique. The 7-to-9-inch babies are coiled up inside their egg. With a little pinch, they’ll pop through the egg.

Newborn alligators don’t have teeth, Register said, so they’re safe to handle.

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